The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals

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Name: The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals
Abbreviation(s): TGWDLM
Creator: Starkid Productions
Date(s): Premiered: October 11, 2018 Uploaded to Youtube: Dec 23, 2018
Medium: Theater
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Full Show
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The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals is an original horror-comedy musical created by Team Starkid. The musical follows Paul, a man who works a boring office job and is forced to team up with his coworkers to survive a musical theatre apocalypse. It is the first musical in Starkid's Hatchetfield Trilogy, followed by Black Friday in 2019. It is notably darker than their previous work.


The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals was Starkid's first show following their relocation to LA. As a result of the move, there was no new musical the prior year. The release of the show revitalized the starkid fandom and introduced many new fans to their shows.

Despite his brief appearance, the character Professor Hidgens became a fan-favorite, mostly due to his appropriately titled song "Show-Stopping Number." Having met the $250,000 stretch goal for their 10th anniversary Kickstarter campaign, Starkid plans to release a short film following his quest to produce his original musical, Workin' Boys, to Kickstarter backers.[1]

The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals was the 5th most popular musical on Tumblr Fandometrics' Year in Review 2019 [2]


The most popular ship is Paul/Emma, which is canon in the musical and in Black Friday. Also notable is Professor Hidgens/Ted.

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  1. A New Stretch Goal! $350K to unlock 'WORKIN' BOYS'..., by Team Starkid on Kickstarter, April 11, 2019.
  2. 2019’s Top Musicals, by Fandometrics on Tumblr